Thursday, December 11, 2014
Sweden Calls In Reserves Over Russian Unrest
Via The Local: The Swedish government has announced plans to re-train Swedes who served conscription, in an effort to increase war capacity after recent Russian unrest. "The world has changed in a negative way", Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist told Swedish broadcaster SVT. He cited the rearmament of Russia, the country's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine as justification for the re-training plans. The move will mean that around 7.500 people who have served in the Swedish army since 2004 may be called in for a month of re-training. "The armed forces will be able to carry out fully-manned war preparations which will result in increased operational capacity", Hultqvist explained. The earliest the training could be introduced would be the beginning of next year, reported the TT news agency.